Couple tries to connect with “spirit” of baby they want to abort

From Lauren, who had an abortion:

“He and I did a lot of meditation together, trying to connect with the spirit of the child. We told it we really loved it, but soon we were going to ask it to leave.”

Anna Runkle In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion (San Francisco: Jossey–Bass Publishers, 1998) 60

The baby was not asked to leave, he or she was violently dislodged from the womb and sucked out in pieces.

First trimester abortion procedure

First trimester abortion procedure

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Laminaria can be removed safely if a woman changes her mind

Pro-Lifer Mark Crutcher writes about women who changed their minds after starting the first stage of late term abortions, the insertion of laminaria. Laminaria are small sticks that are put in the night before a late term abortion. They absorb fluid and slowly dilate the cervix. They can be removed safely by a doctor, but many abortionists dont’ tell women this. Crutcher says:

“We have dealt with many women who have told us they changed their minds about the abortion during this time [after having the laminaria inserted] and contacted the clinic about having the laminaria sticks removed. Without exception, these women have told us they were informed it was too late and some were even told the laminaria insertion kills the baby. Both of these statements are lies. Laminaria can be removed and, in most of the cases where we have seen this done, the pregnancy was not affected and the baby was not harmed.”

Mark Crutcher Siege: Pro-Life Field Manual (Denton, Texas: Life Dynamics Inc., 2015) 137

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Planned Parenthood worker: Don’t talk to protesters

A former Planned Parenthood abortion worker named Anna Runkle counseled women at Planned Parenthood.  In her book, a guide for women choosing abortion, she tells women considering abortion to ignore sidewalk counselors outside abortion clinics.

Many sidewalk counselors hand out leaflets that inform women about fetal development and abortion’s risks. This is information they probably won’t get in the abortion clinic. Sidewalk counselors are often connected with crisis pregnancy centers which can help a woman with all kinds of things – free or low cost medical care, housing, counseling, maternity clothes and baby items, all free of charge.

Runkle says the following in her guidebook for women having abortions:

“Picketers can scream, yell, show you ugly pictures, and make you very uncomfortable…. Many will shout at women entering clinics – some begging women not to have an abortion, some asking them to come over and talk, a few offering support for alternatives to abortion. But there are usually one or more troublemakers who delight in humiliating women and making a big, embarrassing scene. By all means, if you feel bad about your decision and these antiabortion messages are something you want to hear, it’s okay to talk to the picketers. Keep in mind, though, that their goal is to stop you from having an abortion, so if you talk to them and then go ahead with your appointment, they may increase their shouting, begging, and humiliating behavior.

If you do not feel that you will benefit from talking with the picketers, ignore them. Don’t get into a conversation with them, even to yell back at them.”

Anna Runkle In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion (San Francisco: Jossey–Bass Publishers, 1998) 109

Very few people outside abortion clinics actually yell at women. Runkle tries to intimidate her readers into not talking to sidewalk counselors, claiming they will shout, beg, and humiliate women if they give them an opening to talk.

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Abortionist operated with make-shift tools

Abortionist John Bayard Britton set up shop doing abortions as soon as they were legalized. He improvised his own tools.

As soon as the Supreme Court wrote Roe v. Wade into law, he applied some heat to the shaft of a ballpoint pen, fashioned it into a cannula (the stiff tube that’s inserted through the cervix during an abortion), attached the cannula to a hose and the hose to a small vacuum and went into business. In the Ladies Center, although the cannula is a long plastic tube, rather than the body of a ballpoint pen, and the vacuum is a large beige box fitted with hoses and gauges, rather than a small gray cylinder, there is still something ramshackle about Doc, something improvisatory and unsettled.

Tom Junod ““THE ABORTIONIST” GQ February 1994

This slapped together abortion machine was not sterile and likely put women at risk. The abortionist couldn’t wait for proper tools before cashing in on legalized abortion.

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Father of aborted baby sees his child

Cecilia, 33, who had an abortion:

“My boyfriend came with me. He was in the room when they did it. He saw the fetus and it really flipped him out. What I remember poignantly about the whole experience was I was drugged and I went home, took a nap, and when I woke up he wasn’t there. He left a note… It was clear that he was f*cked up emotionally.

I called my best friend and told her what had happened.… I went over and we got riproaring drunk. I got really happy when we were drunk and we were toasting my abortion – “Here’s to your abortion!”… Later, my friend’s sister came up and expressed this sympathy – my friend had told her. I remember saying, “What? What’s this sympathy? What for?” I guess I was really detached from it…

I think I was kind of callous about the whole thing… I treated it like a procedure. I had to go and get a procedure done on my body. It didn’t seem quite real.

It certainly made me take birth control seriously. I was a little lax about it until then, but I knew I didn’t want to go through it again, the pain. It was very painful. And the shame that I had…”

She broke up with her boyfriend shortly after the abortion.

Anna Runkle In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion (San Francisco: Jossey–Bass Publishers, 1998) 51-52

First trimester preborn baby/fetus

First trimester preborn baby/fetus

The baby would be dismembered in an abortion at this stage. See what this looks like.

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Mark Crutcher on “likeable” pro-lifers

Pro-life activist Mark Crutcher told the following anecdote:

“Years ago, I saw a television interview with a man who was asked his opinion on abortion. He said he was conflicted on the issue itself, but that he found the pro-choice people to be more likable than the pro-life people. He went on to say, “So if I have to choose one or the other, I guess I’m pro-choice.”

We are fooling ourselves if we think this man’s attitude is uncommon.”

Mark Crutcher Siege: Pro-Life Field Manual (Denton, Texas: Life Dynamics Inc., 2015) 75-76

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Post-Abortion woman: I was on an assembly line

Annie, 27, described her abortion:

“I remember feeling like I was on an assembly line. The doctor whooshed in and whooshed out. The procedure was pretty quick, and it hurt a little bit. I felt like I was going to throw up afterward and I told the nurse and she gave me a little tray but I really needed just a few minutes in that room just to calm my stomach and calm myself and I felt like they really just wanted me out of there to get the next person in.

Afterward I was sent to the recovery area… There was this woman on my left who was just sobbing and sobbing… I wish I could have talked to the women in the recovery area and all the people who worked there would just disappear. We were going through the same experience but we were totally isolated. They are giving you cookies and water and dealing with you on a physical level, but every woman in the room was going through an emotional experience, and none of us is going to turn to the person next to us and talk about it.”

Anna Runkle In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion (San Francisco: Jossey–Bass Publishers, 1998) 52-53

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Rape counselor Sandra Mahkorn on abortion and rape

Sandra Mahkorn, M.D., former rape counsellor conducted a study on pregnant rape victims. She says:

“The central issue then, should not be whether we can abort all pregnant sexual assault victims, but rather an exploration of the things we can change in ourselves, and through community education, to support such women through their pregnancies. The “abortion is the best solution” approach can only serve to encourage the belief that sexual assault is something for which the victim must bear the shame…a sin to be carefully concealed.”

In the study, Mahkorn found that 70% of rape victims carried their pregnancies to term.

Sandra Mahkorn, M.D., “Pregnancy and Sexual Assault,” The Psychological Aspects of Abortion, (Washington, D.C.: University Publications of America, 1979). 66, 68,

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Professor of Endocrinology gives warning about abortion and breast cancer

In a letter to David Kessler, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, January 27, 1993, Joel Brind PhD., Baruch College, Professor of Endocrinology wrote:

..This letter is to bring to your attention a serious public health hazard associated with use of RU-486 and other anti-progestational steroids as abortifacients, namely, a markedly increased risk of breast cancer. To the best of my knowledge this issue has not been raised in any government hearings….despite the fact that increased risk of breast cancer associated with abortion of first pregnancy is well established in the literature….

What is the magnitude of the breast cancer hazard inherent in abortion? A review of relevant literature… puts the relative risk of abortion of first pregnancy at between 1.5 – 2, over and above the increased risk resulting from delaying first full-term pregnancy by any means. (For multiple abortions relative risks estimates range as high as 4 or 5.)

Quoted in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

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Post-abortion women tell of complications from abortion

David Reardon wrote a book where he interviewed over 200 post-abortion women. He found that:

Of the 252 women surveyed, approximately one-half complained of suffering from at least one type of physical complication following their abortions. Moreover, at least 18 percent of those surveyed reported having suffered permanent physical damage traceable to the procedure…

Of the 47 percent who reported suffering from a complication, 40 percent said it was a very minor problem, 26 percent said it was moderately severe, and 35 percent claimed that it was very severe…

Of the short term complications, the most frequently identified was postoperative haemorrhage, noted by 15 percent of all women surveyed. Infection was the second most likely complication, reported by 9 percent of those surveyed…

Of the aborted women surveyed, approximately 6 percent were forced to undergo a total hysterectomy to remove a uterus that had been damaged or infected by the abortion procedure. Another 8 percent reported that postabortion infection had left them sterile by blocking their fallopian tubes or through some other means. Yet another 4 percent contracted cervical cancer, which they attribute to the abortion…

Besides suffering sterility from the above causes, many aborted women suffer a reduced ability to carry a later wanted pregnancy to term. Of the women surveyed, approximately 20 percent later suffered miscarriage of a In addition, no less than 8 percent were diagnosed as suffering from cervical incompetence after their abortions. Other birthing problems and reproductive damage were frequently reported.

David C. Reardon Aborted Women: Silent No More ( Loyola University Press, Chicago, 1987) 22-25

The women David Reardon interviewed were all women who regretted their abortions.

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